Donald Trump has chosen to sell his Washington D.C. hotel, with a six-figure price tag that it can claim to be a donation to the National Park Service.
The hotel, located on Pennsylvania Avenue a block away from the White House, is set to be demolished to make way for an office tower with a more environmentally friendly design, the Washington Post reported. The store will also be closed.
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“The Trump International Hotel has been the object of widespread opposition and controversy,” Trump said in a statement, according to the paper. “It is unfortunate that I have no choice but to move forward with the sale of the hotel as planned.”
He was referring to his business holding a tax-free interest in the hotel, which opened in 2015 as the grand flagship building in the Trump International Hotel District, a high-end residential/business venture across from the White House.
Since the election of Trump, many protesters have gathered in front of the Trump International Hotel, at least one of which was seen in a photo with a sign that said “Shame!”
And after the release of Trump’s 2005 tax returns, released by the Associated Press, a tweet by a self-identified reporter with the name of Emma Roller highlighted the fact that Trump claimed the use of a write-off for personal expenses in the books, unlike other private owners of houses and businesses, and thus it was included as income.
This led to more headlines, including another with the tagline “An insider tells an insider about Trump’s deal with Trump”.
The National Park Service, an independent government agency, would not comment on the sale and said it had no knowledge of it.
Stephen Kohn, an attorney for the hotel, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.